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AN ACRYLIC EXPERIENCE WORKSHOPS 2018

July 18, 19 & 20

TIMES

9:30 am – 3:30 pm (with 1 hour for lunch)

The workshop is at my studio in Chicago and will have a maximum of 6 working artists. Artists will receive a materials list after payment is received.

MUSEUM OPTION

Morning field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Contemporary Art with Ken as your guide. We may even do lunch (not included in pricing).

Saturday July 21

RATES

  • $250  3-day session
  • $20    Museum Option

For more information contact me at ken@kenklopackart.com or call 773-283-8791.


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LIGHTHOUSES ON THE MAG MILE 2018

The Chicago Lighthouse Foundation and Huber Financial Advisors put together a public art display along Michigan Avenue in Chicago with more than 50 lighthouse sculptures created by national and local artists.

My lighthouse entitled “Rising to Succeed” features the theme for the event celebrating access and inclusions for people with disabilities. It was exhibited at the Wrigley Building Plaza on Michigan Avenue. A lighthouse auction took place in August and lighthouses can be purchased at their website. My sponsor for the lighthouse was the Morningstar Corporation.

For more information on the Chicago Lighthouse and its art, see LighthousesonMagMile.com.


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K9 FOR COPS 2018

The Chicago Police Foundation once again commissioned artists to decorate dog sculptures. This year, I was sponsored by SP+ Corporation who manage Millennium Garages here in Chicago.

My art focused on downtown Chicago and Millennium Park including its many underground garages. The K-9 was exhibited on the corner of Superior and Michigan Avenues on Chicago’s Mag Mile. It was auctioned off in September for the benefit of the Foundation.

For more information on the K-9 art displays, see www.chicagok9s.com/k9s for more about the art.


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K9 FOR COPS 2017

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the PAWS organization partnered to create a public art installation of fiberglass sculptures depicting police dogs 54 inches in height. Artists were commissioned to decorate and embellish the dogs in imaginative ways using thematic designs.

The installation occupied downtown Chicago along Michigan Avenue from July to September. The artworks were then purchased by the sponsor or by auction at summer’s end. See www.chicagok9s.com/k9s for more about the art.

I created three art pieces for the exhibition.

DOG # 1 was sponsored by the Chicago Grooming Academy, www.chicagogroomingacademy.com, located on Western Avenue in the Lincoln Square community. Owner Steve purchased the dog and it is on display in the window of his establishment.

DOG # 2 sponsored by Hotel EMC2 located on Ontario in downtown Chicago was installed in front of the hotel. My art was inspired by the thematic designs of the hotel interior, which promotes the creative spirit of the arts and sciences.

DOG # 3 sponsored by Lodge Management Group was installed at the corner of Michigan and Oak Streets in downtown Chicago. My art represented the company’s entertainment venues such as Mothers, Streeter’s Tavern, The Lodge, Coconuts, Pippins, among others.


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KILBOURN PARK MURAL – FALL 2017

My son Ken was commissioned by the Chicago Park District to create a mural on Addison Avenue near the park. I teamed up with him to help complete the mural. We also had several young artists from the park program to assist us.


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CARICATURES FOR CHICAGO OPERA THEATER 2017

I was asked to draw caricature portraits for opera-goers before several performances of The Perfect American by Philip Glass at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago.


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IN COMMON: IN CONTRAST / A FATHER AND SON SHOWCASE 2017

My son Ken and I put together an installation of our art at DRYHOP Brewers on Broadway Avenue in Chicago. The show ran from September through November.


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THROUGH THE LENS OF WRIGHT 2017

My artwork Moving into the Light was accepted for exhibition in the Oak Park Art League show called "Through the Lens of Wright – Art, Materials, and Design in the Natural World". The show celebrated the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth.


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BENCHES BY THE BAY 2018

My art bench entitled “Cosmic Couch” featured images of the cosmos, outer space, and the planets. I was sponsored by Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort.

My art was on display in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin from May to the end of August and was auctioned off in September at the Sturgeon Bay Fall Festival.

For more information on the Benches by the Bay events, see sturgeonbay.net/gallery/benches-by-the-bay

BENCHES BY THE BAY 2017

My bench for 2017 entitled “Door Music” was installed in May for public exhibition in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It was auctioned off in September.

BENCHES BY THE BAY 2016

I created an art bench for a public exhibit in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin that was placed outdoors in mid-May. It was auctioned off in mid-September.

My bench focused on the landmark Michigan Street Bridge which spans the bay. The project was a huge artistic and financial success for the city of Sturgeon Bay. I enjoyed working on the bench and having it displayed near the bridge it represents.


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SITES IN THE CITY 2016

In conjunction with the bench project, I created artwork for a light pole banner display in and around the city of Sturgeon Bay.

Again, my subject was the Michigan Street Bridge. I submitted the artwork on canvas which was then digitally transferred onto banners. I had two banners of the same image placed in the city during the spring and summer.

An art judging of all banners took place and my banner was awarded third place. The original canvas was sold through a raffle process.


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VINCENT VAN GOAT and PABLO PI-GOAT-SO!

During the summer of 2015, the town of Sister bay, Wisconsin held a city-wide public art exhibit. Artists were invited to create artwork on plywood made into the shape of goats. The goat artwork was displayed all around the town in conjunction with the August arts festival.

The goat is a symbol made famous by the goats at Al Johnson’s restaurant in downtown Sister Bay. You can often see them atop Johnson’s feeding on the natural grass roof of the restaurant.

My goat showed two famous artists, one on each side. I call the works “Pablo Pi-goat-so” and “Vincent Van Goat”. I had a great time putting together this decorative piece. A public auction took place in August 2015 with the proceeds going to support the arts programs of Sister Bay.

For more information, visit www.cometosisterbay.com


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CARTOON BILLBOARD

During the summer of 2015, I was commissioned to create a cartoon for billboard display celebrating the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the Nadig Newspapers.

The cartoon was placed on a Jefferson Park billboard in July and an Edgebrook billboard in August. I received many comments from friends and the public about the billboard cartoon.

This is the biggest cartoon I ever made!


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PRESIDENTIAL TOWERS EXHIBIT 2015

I had a two month exhibit of my art in the lobby of Presidential Towers, an apartment / condominium complex located in downtown Chicago. An opening took place on May 14, 2015. I enjoyed the interesting comments I received about the work.


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HELSINKI EXHIBITION 2014
Ken Klopack - Paintings and Drawings

My exhibit ran through June and July 2014. I enjoyed the opening and opportunity to exhibit in Door County once again. A big thank you to Helsinki owner Chris Cote.


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THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE HYDRANTS

I participated in this public art installation which began in September 2013. My oversized hydrant replica, "Honoring Our Heroes," was sponsored by Lion International. I joined 100 other artists in this outdoor exhibition which was displayed citywide. My hydrant stood in front of the fire station on Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago.

A live public auction of 25 hydrants took place on December 4, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The online auction took place December 5 - December 8 with all proceeds from both auctions going to the 100 Club of Chicago.

This was a special project for me because my son, an artist in his own right, Ken R. (purekreation.com) also decorated a hydrant sponsored by the musical group, Fall Out Boy. We both had our hydrants at the live auction at the Hyatt.

To see more hydrants and other information on this event, go to greatchicagofirehydrants.com.


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EGGSTRAVAGANZA:
Celebrating 50 Years - Village of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

I participated in the public exhibition in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin called Eggstravaganza. I was chosen to be one of 50 artists to transform a large polystyrene egg into a publicly displayed artwork.

The egg auction took place August 23, 2014 in downtown Egg Harbor. It was an outstanding success for the artists as well as for the town of Egg Harbor.

For more information about this event, go to eggharboreggstravaganza.org


Political Hangover

40TH YEAR CREATING POLITICAL CARTOONS

2018 marks my 40th year creating political cartoons in Chicago. That's over 2000 cartoons since 1978! I am planning to have an exhibit highlighting some of my favorites sometime in the near future.


CHITOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL

During the Chitown Jazz Festival, March 12-22, 2013, I enjoyed jazz-singing sensation Tammy McCann with John Pauluch's Reunion Jazz Orchestra at Andy's Jazz Club in downtown Chicago. It was a benefit to support hunger relief in Chicago. I often create on-the-spot drawings during performances, and was captured doing so by photographer, Harvey Tillis. Check out chitownjazzfestival.org


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PUBLISHED ARTICLES

I have authored a number of articles for Arts & Activities and SchoolArts Magazines.

To learn and see more, go to artsandactivites.com and schoolartsonline.com


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COOL GLOBES PUBLIC ART PROJECT  2007

In 2007, I participated in the public art display for the city of Chicago, called COOL GLOBES: HOT IDEAS FOR A COOLER PLANET. Artists developed visual ideas for large fiberglass globes, five feet in diameter, that would focus on specific issues that deal with the environment.

My globe, “Intelligent Earth”, depicts the oceans of the earth as a brain. The continents of the earth display environmental programs and projects that can and will provide solutions to our global problems.

We must use our BRAINS, our INTELLIGENCE, as a problem-solving force to remedy the environmental issues that face our home, the earth. We must respect and cherish our planet by inhabiting it intelligently.

After several months of preparation and work, my globe was put on display in the small park in front of Navy Pier on Chicago’s lakefront. At the end of the summer, many globes were auctioned off. My globe now resides on permanent loan from the City of Chicago to the Chicago Public School, Jackson Language Academy. 

During that spring and summer, I also worked with middle grade students at Finkl Community Academy, a Chicago Public School, on similar ideas to help create a globe of their own. Finkl’s team of artists were awarded the Grand Prize in a competition of Chicagoland schools for their papier mache rendition of the global issue: Feeding the peoples of the World in an environmentally responsible way.